Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Bucket List August 9-15 Philadelphia, The Greatest City Never Sold

This week on the Philly bucket list, a new batch of free events and ones worth forking out for:

Tuesday, August 9: At 10th & Spruce tonight, you don't have to go boating or to a strip club to get some crabs: From 12-10 p.m., Varga Bar is doing their 2nd Annual Crab Bake with blue crabs, oyster Po Boys, and basically anything crab & oyster that's yummy ($30 or a la carte). A less pricey option? The free movie tonight at Dock Street Brewing - and $1 off small pizzas, $2 off large, and $1 off select drafts - is 80's boyhood drama, "Stand By Me.

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Wednesday, August 10:  USA vs. Mexico football (soccer) game kicks off at 9 p.m. If you can't be in the stadium in Philly, at least be outside of it. If you can't be outside of it, at least watch the game for Christ's sake. Good places to watch the game: In Philly, McGillins2 tacos for $1, featured microbrew $2, PBR & BL pitchers $6.50  - (thanks @czaucha), or in Center City where you can take advantage of Sips (the discount CC happy hour) and free parking; outside of philly in West Chester, stop by Side Bar - they're running a $2 all day lager dael plus $5 American vs. Mexican themed grilled pizza. Take that, Mexico!  The usual events are also available: Penn Museum $5 Music Concert Series presenting world beats from Bohemian Sunrise (5-8), Center City Sips (5-7), and Headhouse Square Indie Film Series free indie flick present Alana (7:30). 

Thursday, August 11: If you didn't get your fill of art last week on First Friday, then check out the Art Appreciation Event at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts at 118 N Broad Street in Philadelphia.  Complimentary wine, beer, and hors d'oeuvres - call now and you might be able to reserve a seat still! Old City Social (6-8 p.m.) for $3 Hoegaarden, Skyy vodka and Don Q Rum drinks - and a movie under the stars at Penn's Landing. This week's Thursday Night free movie is "This Is It".  Don't miss your chance to watch MJ on the big screen, get there at 8! If you'll be on the Main Line, think about checking out Verdad. It's their two-year anniversary, so free paella and $2 margaritas are on the menu tonight...

Friday, August 12:  Friday's have been ramping it up as fall creeps closer. While it's not longer First Friday, lots of last weeks events are coming out to play again. The Smooth Jazz Summer Nights at Penn's Landing continue at 7:30 and you won't want to miss out on this week's performers: The Sax Pack. Actually, from now until the end of August, head to the Riverstage of the Grand Plaza at Columbus Boulevard and Chestnut Street for a free jazz concert. Also, you can see fireworks at Race Street Pier from across the river after the Camden River Sharks game! Another routine option? Art After 5 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art is free after admission and features gallery tours, Martinis on the Portico happy hour and tunes from jazz vocalist Rhenda Fearrington. Also, check out Brandywine Polo Club's Friday Nights Under the Stars for some polo & live music.

Saturday, August 13: The 10th Annual Stephen Starr-Garry Maddox Barbecue Challenge provides attendees a chance to scope pros and celebs grilling it up alongside amateurs and locals - then taste the pros' work for $5 a tasting ticket (3 for $10). From 4:30 to 7 p.m., the Barbecue Challenge is the perfect pregame for the Phillies match at 7:05! While you're in the city, stop by the Reading Terminal Market too. Dutch Festival ends today and it's your last chance to score some serious baked goods and other traditional Pennsylvania Dutch dishes. Plus, there will be a petting zoo and live bluegrass. Why does anyone need to go to Amish country with the Dutch fest in town? (P.S. It runs 8 am-5 pm, Aug. 11-13)


If you are forgoing the game (or watching the Phils on TV), Rittenhouse Square is another place to be Saturday.From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Rittenhouse Farmer's Market is a must-go; there will also be a block party & open air cafe atmosphere from Locust to Walnut on 18th Street. Accompanied by live music, customers's dining experience from Rouge, Parc and Devon for their outdoor eating is sure to please. Oh, and stick around - at 8:30 p.m., Philadelphia-mostly-filmed The Sixth Sense will be screening for free, courtesy of Filmadelphia.

Sunday, August 14: From 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., enjoy a taste of India with the Festival of India at Penn's Landing. Authentic food, traditional dance and cultural vendors makes this a great Sunday activity for lovers or friends (or family).Then around 9 p.m. in Northern Liberties,  Awesomefest screens a free movie at the Piazza at Schmidt's: this week is the Sundance 2011 pick, Senna, about a Brazilian Race Car Driver.

Monday, August 15:  Verdad Restaurant & Tequila Bar (818 W. Lancaster Ave) in Bryn Mawr has a 3 courses for $20 special  on Mondays. More importantly, tonight you can get roast pig when the Little Fish turns into a pig for one night only as a southern-style pop-up. For the pig & all the favorite fix-in's it'll probably run you close to $35 - but will include a PBR pounder! If that's too pricey or not your style, try the Cavanaugh's Rittenhouse brew & chew! It's only $20 for 2 hours of Six Point Ale & paired appy's if you sign up at www.phillybrewandchew.com.

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